- Hardcover: 2092 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint Edition edition (May 11, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195284194
- ISBN-13: 978-0195284195
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.9 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition: New American Bible Hardcover – May 11, 1995
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"The new edition of the Personal Study Bible, while remaining very "user friendly," is enhanced with additional and insightful information that will enrich its use for individuals, as well as for study clubs. It is a must also for catechists and all who proclaim the word and break it open for others to be nurtured by it." --Maureen Gallagher, Ph.D.
"The Personal Edition is ideal for beginners, whether it's used within the context of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults or parish-based scripture education programs. It provides a wealth of background information in a single volume that informs readers without overwhelming them." --Catechetical Leader
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I am in the second year of use with a small group of adults at a parish in Pennsylvania and it is proving to be very helpful, especially with so much recent news about the Bible and related trends, issues and initiatives concerning spirituality, education, and social values. The Bible text itself is presented in an easy-to-read format, with excellent footnotes and cross-references.
But the real value, at least in our group where a great deal of Biblical background is all so new, is in the reading Guide and associated study aids. All of this is presented in a way that non-Catholics will also find to be useful. The Reading Guide material is presented with a minimum of jargon and technical discussion, allowing first-time students to quickly acquire a basic familiarity with the essentials of Bible study from a critical perspective. Clearly designed charts, diagrams and maps also assist students in the goal of appreciating the historical development of the Bible, a process which is too often neglected (or even demonized) in many popular forms of Bible study.
The Catholic Study Bible takes an eyes-wide-open approach to Biblical studies while maintaining an appreciation of the text as the word of God within particular human events and experiences. Discussion-generating questions are also provided along the way to support the small-group experience. Sprinkled throughout, yet associated with specific books of the Bible presented in the Reading Guide, users will find book-by-book commentary and insightful essays and entries on a wide array of related topics, including:
The Four Sources Theory of the Pentateuch; Characteristics of Apocalyptic Literature; Myth; Did Moses Write the Pentateuch?; How the Bible Has Been Read in History; Are Some Genesis Stories Just Rewrites of Ancient Myths?; The Process of Transforming Life Experience Into a Text and Beyond; MSL: Metaphor as a Second Language; Determining the Full Meaning of a Text; The Importance of Story.
Perhaps unique to this study Bible is the inclusion of an in-depth (but very readable) Glossary which is very strong on explanation of Jewish Biblical and religious terms. This learning tool is a real plus for those who want to understand how Christianity developed within a Jewish setting. Brief entries are quickly located to provide understanding of many ideas essential to a contemporary appreciation of the Bible, including: canonical criticism; fundamentalist; historical-critical method; literary criticism; paleography; redaction criticism; source criticism; textual criticism; transmission history; For the Catholic reader a guide to the Sunday Readings and the major feasts of the year is also provided.
The pages are a bit thin, but this is not suprising given its 2000+ pages. There might be some issues with bleed-thru if hi-liter pens are used for marking Scripture, but since I use colored pencils I have had no issues. The binding is good, though I wish it came with more than 1 ribbon marker.
Another complaint I’ve heard about this text and the study notes is that this is a “bad translation with a bad agenda”. In particular I’ve had several people complain that the study notes in the Gospel of John “denies the Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist. I find this an amazing assertion. In fact the note for John 6:35-59 states "Up to John 6:50 "bread of life" is a figure for God's revelation in Jesus; in John 6:51-58, the EUCHARISTIC THEME COMES TO THE FORE”. (capitalization is mine). The notes go on to state about John 6:63: "Spirit . . . flesh: probably not a reference to the Eucharistic body of Jesus but to the supernatural and the natural, as in ' John 3:6. Spirit and life: all Jesus said about the bread of life is the revelation of the Spirit."
John's Gospel is full of the High Christology of the Eucharist but the Gospel does NOT contain the Last Supper discourses found in Matthew, Mark and Luke in which Christ ACTUALLY INSTITUTES the Eucharist. In those passages (beginning with Mt 26:26, Mk 14:22, and Lk 22:17) the notes in this study Bible specifically state that the bread and wine are Jesus' body and blood. I can find NO DENIAL OF THE REAL PRESENCE in any notes within this Study Bible.
I would also mention that these notes agree with the notes from the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible authored by Scott Hahn, a decidedly conservative Catholic scholar.
I know that some complain about this translation, finding it lacks the poetic flow of older forms, but I would point out that this New American Bible text is that which is read at the majority of Masses celebrated in the United States. I would also note that this text is a direct translation from the original languages using the newest available sources and NOT based on a previous translation. This makes it an outstanding candidate for serious Bible students as well as beginners. The additional study material (beyond the included NAB notes) is good. Each book of the Bible has an excellent introduction essay and there are topical essays throughout the text. It also contains an indexed section of maps and an NAB concordance.
I use this edition for teaching Scripture in Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults classes. I would recommend it RCIA students or any scripture study group. All in all, I find "The Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition" a first-rate implement fit for any Catholic's religious education tool box.